Wednesday, February 26, 2014

REVIEW: Seeing by Moonlight

Seeing by Moonlight
By: MF Thomas & Nicholas Thurkettle

Genre: Action & Adventure, War & Military
Publication date: 10.16.2013
Pages: 319
Amazon link: Seeing by Moonlight 

Date read: 2.26.2014 (finished at like 2am cause I couldn't put it down)
Recommended by: Read 2 Review

Summary: 1941 - On the eve of America’s entry into World War II, Nazi Germany is developing a new weapon of unprecedented power, one that will give them ultimate victory over all the nations of the world. But the war turns against them before it is completed, and a conspiracy forms to preserve the weapon and carry on the research.

1999 - At the dawn of a new century, Alex Pyke, a self-styled bachelor entrepreneur, wants only the American Dream of a bigger house and a fatter bank account. But a business opportunity lures him back to Germany, the country he left as an orphan of five during the height of the Cold War. Upon his arrival, he is swept up in a deadly adventure involving an aging industrialist and his brilliant, beautiful niece. Even as Alex unravels the mysteries of his own family’s history, he makes a discovery that will change the direction of his life, and maybe the whole world beyond.

Seeing by Moonlight is a thriller that combines uncovered history of the German rocketry program with a science fiction twist to create a sweeping tale of secrets and love that spans generations past, present, and future.

My thoughts

Once I saw the cover to this book and saw that it has German history and World War II mixed in, I knew I had to read this book.  Ever since I was little, I have had an interest in the wars that have occurred throughout the history of humankind (maybe it was because this was my dad's thing, maybe just because I find the things that have happened both sad and interesting, wanting to know why people would do the evil that they had done) - especially this war.

The adventure in this book, the things that this man (Alex) has learned about Germany and his family, the people that he meets along the way, the things that he doesn't know but we see happening, all lead to a very interesting and well-written story.  I enjoyed this book immensely, though, at the beginning, before I was sure of everyone's names, the switching around was a little confusing and I had to go back and re-read some things in order to be sure that we were talking about who I thought we were talking about.  That aside, this is a really great book and, from around 40% on, there are just a lot of wow moments, as he gets closer and closer to "the truth."  I would highly recommend this book to people who are interested in the war and those things that conspiracy theorists insist are true.

Favorite character: I really liked Alex, though at first I was sure I would hate him.  Watching the change that came over him, from the beginning of the book til the end, was really quite interesting.

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